POWER GENERATION WOBBLES AS GRID COLLAPSES CONTINUE
Nigeria’s power grid collapsed twice last month as the quantum of electricity generated kept wobbling between 2,100 megawatts and 4,500MW. Data obtained from the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing on Friday in Abuja showed that the grid collapse had persisted despite efforts by the Transmission Company of Nigeria to ensure its stability.
Findings showed that in September this year, two grid collapses were recorded as the country’s power system dropped from a high of 2,760.9MW on September 3 to as low as 81MW on September 4. It picked up on September 5 to 2,921.6MW and but collapsed again to 168MW on September 20.
Further findings showed that there was no grid collapse in August this year, although power generation wobbled between a lowest figure of 2,572.8MW and a high of 4,766.7MW. The lowest and highest generation figures in August 2018 were recorded on the 13th and 16th of August, respectively. It was further gathered that the country’s power system collapsed once in June and recorded another in July this year.
In June, total power on the grid dropped from a high of 3,659.5MW on June 7 to as low as 41.4MW on June 8. An analysis of the figures also showed that the lowest quantum of power on the grid on the first day of June 2018 was 3,445.4MW. But this dropped by 574.5MW as the month of June closed with the lowest generation figure of 2,870.5MW on June 30.
In the succeeding month, another collapse of the grid occurred on July 8 as the system dropped from a high of 4,089.1MW on July 7 to a low of 92.3MW the next day. Further findings showed that the lowest generation figure on the first day of July was 2,609.3MW. The month of July, however, closed on a high, in contrast to the preceding month, as the generation figure on July 31 was 3,355.8MW.
Our correspondent had earlier reported that the frequency in the collapse of Nigeria’s electricity grid witnessed a 57.14 per cent decrease in the second quarter of 2018 when compared to what was recorded in the first quarter of this year. An analysis of the performance of the grid in the second quarter of 2018 showed some improvement in stability as against what was witnessed in the previous quarter.
The grid collapsed seven times in the first quarter of 2018 but this reduced to three in the second quarter. Findings showed that the country’s power generation system collapsed six times in the first eight days of 2018. It also witnessed a collapse on the first day of February this year.